Alumni Applause

Ayanna C. Fultz

May 30th, 2018 by giving

Ayanna Chanel Fultz, a fall 2012 Healthcare Administration graduate of Jackson State University, is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, with an extensive background in the fields of healthcare, business, management, and logistics. Formerly of Logisticare Solutions LLC, where she was employed as the Director of Operations for the state of Louisiana, she is now the Proprietress and Executive Director of Southern Magnolia Service Corporation, a powerful new holding company housing several subsidiary service organizations such as Pristine Janitorial Service, a highly efficient commercial janitorial service agency, Pelican State Transit, a Louisiana owned and operated transportation brokerage offering Medicaid transportation management services to managed care organizations and state health departments, and Louisa's Place, a resident-centered, holistic assisted living facility for the elderly. Yet, she is highly acclaimed for her work in the Greater New Orleans community and her partnership with non-profits such as Pink House, Inc., the New Orleans Women’s Shelter, and the American Cancer Society to host days of youth empowerment, educational seminars, and fundraising events. She is also the Founder and Visionary of the all-female, professional, service based non-profit organization, the Paragon Society, founded in December of 2015 to reinstate class, refinement, and a dedicated and selfless service to the community through education, empowerment, and networking partnerships. Ayanna also holds great significance in New Orleans Carnival history as the very first African American Carnival Queen to reign in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Staying true to her service driven nature, during her reign, her royal platform entitled "More Than a Crown" included a "Brunch with the Queen" Etiquette and Class Seminar, a day of youth empowerment, and multiple youth and women's empowerment speaking engagements.

​Ms. Fultz is a graduate of St. Leo University in Tampa, Florida, where she attained a Master’s in Business Administration with concentration in Health Management. She attended "Thee I Love" Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration, Summa Cum Laude. Before her tenure at JSU, she attained an Associate’s degree in General Studies from Delgado Community College in her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana, where she earned the honor of Phi Theta Kappa graduate. Ms. Fultz also achieved the honor of Valedictorian at her high school graduation from St. Mary’s Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana.

​She maintains membership in several social, civic, and religious organizations such as the Urban League of Greater New Orleans Young Professionals, the National Black MBA Association, the Jackson State University National Alumni Association, the Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary, and the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Alumni Association. In her spare time, she enjoys orchestrating community service events and initiatives, traveling, and trips to the spa.

Posted in Alumni Applause


Dowell Taylor – Bio

May 10th, 2018 by giving

Mr. Dowell Taylor, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, is a graduate of Callaway High School. He also attended Jackson State University receiving the B.M.E. and M.M.E. degrees, respectively. Mr. Taylor participated in the JSU “Sonic Boom of the South” Marching Band Tuba Section, and during his undergraduate years he arranged more than 100 band selections including the current JSU theme song, “Get Ready”, originally arranged by John Paul Jones.  In 1975 he received the highest award a JSU bandsman could receive, the “Best All Around Bandsman” award. Mr. Taylor did further study (90 quarter hours) while enrolled in the Doctor of Musical Arts program in Wind Conducting at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

After graduating from JSU, Mr. Taylor served as Director of Bands at Mary Holmes, Jr. College, West Point Mississippi, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky (where he also served as Department Chair), and from 1984-1992, as Director of Bands and Director of Music Technology at Jackson State University conducting both the Symphonic and Marching Bands. During this period, the famous JSU “Sonic Boom of the South” Marching Band received numerous awards and citations including national coverage in Jet Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, and People Magazine. The Band was also featured as “Special Guest Band of Honor” at the St Petersburg, Florida Martin Luther King Battle of Bands, the 1991 NBA All-star basketball game, Charlotte, North Carolina and Motown’s 30th Anniversary Celebration in Hollywood, California, 1990. One of Mr. Taylor's most notable performances with the JSU Symphonic Band was in 1987, featuring Dr. Karen Laubengayer, pianist and Professor of Music at JSU, performing George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" adapted for band by Mr. Taylor.

Mr. Taylor received the JSU outstanding Alumnus award in 1992. In 1998, 2000, and 2003, the Jackson Music Awards, incorporated, named him the “Local Musician of the Year”. In 2016, Mr. Taylor’s Jazz group, The Dowell Taylor Jazz Quartet, received the Jazz Group of the Year Award from the Jackson Music Awards, Incorporated. In 2008, The Dowell Taylor “Big Band”, a 40 piece jazz ensemble, performed for the annual Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children's New Year’s Eve Fundraiser Gala at the Hilton Hotel in Jackson, Mississippi. On December 10, 2010, the Mississippi Jazz Foundation honored Mr. Taylor for his contributions to the field of music education and the Jazz music genre. In 2015, the Mississippi Humanities Council honored Mr. Taylor with a Humanities Teacher Award as a distinguished professor at Jackson State University.

On April 1, 2012, after a twenty-year hiatus from the band field, Mr. Taylor accepted the appointment to the position of Interim Director of Bands, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Music Technology at Jackson State University. In December 2012 the position was made permanent. During this second stint as Director of Bands, the “Sonic Boom” was featured in numerous media outlets including a two-page coverage of the band’s pre-season camp in ESPN the Magazine, a CNN special on the Morning Show Featuring Robin Meade, twice at the Honda Battle of the Bands Showcase of eight of the top bands in the nation, The American Journey, a CNN production chronicling the journey of what it takes to become a member of the famed “J5” Drum Majors, and performed for the New Orleans Saints nationally televised football game. Mr. Taylor has served as adjudicator and clinician throughout the United States, as well as guest conductor for the HBCU National Consortium for Band Director’s Conference, Atlanta Georgia, the Miami, Florida Music Festival, the MEAC Music Conference in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, the Atlanta, Georgia Music Festival, the Memphis Tennessee Honors Band and the Jackson Public Schools All-City High School Music Festival.

Mr. Taylor has received certification in Music Technology from the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TIME) in Pasadena, California, served as a grant evaluator for the Department of Education, Washington D.C., Music Director for the Mississippi Diversity and Majesty Awards Ceremony, Computer Literacy Instructor for a federally funded “Prevention Intervention” After-School Program, a Web Designer, and Minister of Music/Organist at the Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Jackson, Mississippi. Mr. Taylor has been featured as guest conductor with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presenting Richard Smallwood’s “Total Praise” and regularly performs on keyboard with his Jazz Trio and Quartet. He has also performed at the National Black Caucus Reception in Washington, D.C., and his Gospel Choir has performed for the Governor Ray Mabus' Inauguration Ceremony, Jackson, Mississippi. In 2009, he developed an undergraduate degree program in Music Technology at Jackson State, which received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Mr. Taylor is a Licensed Real Estate Broker who holds membership in TI:ME, CMEA, MENC, CBDNA, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. He is also a recording engineer and certified Pro Tools Operator. He recently engineered four selections on the Jackson State Jazz Band’s 2010 recording project, and "Images of Isabella's Dream" a composition commissioned by Belhaven University of Jackson, Mississippi. Jackson State Professor, Dr. Ivan Elezovic, composed “Images of Isabella’s Dream”. Both projects were recorded in Jackson State’s recording studio.

Mr. Taylor has presented at national conferences including the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), Orlando, Florida, “Turning Teachers On To Technology for the Twenty-First Century” and the National Black Music Caucus, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, “Black College Bands, Where Do We Go From Here?”  On January 8, 2012, he presented the topic, "Issues Involving the Integration of Technology into the Music Curriculum" at the International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii.  In April of 2015, Mr. Taylor served on a “Hazing in HBCU Marching Bands” discussion panel at the HBCU National Band Director’s Consortium in Atlanta, Georgia.

On June 30, 2015, Mr. Dowell Taylor retired from Jackson State University after 31 years of service. Post retirement, Mr. Taylor has been honored by the nationally acclaimed Honda Battle of the Bands in Atlanta, Georgia, the Jackson, Mississippi City Council, the Sonic Boom National Alumni Association, and Mr. Andre Delano, a national recording artist who has performed with, Baby Face, Lionel Richie, Maxwell, Johnny Taylor, Dorothy Moore, and Stevie Wonder. On April 15, 2016, Mr. Taylor was honored by the HBCU National Band Director’s Consortium, for his many years of service to Jackson State and the “Sonic Boom of the South Marching Band.” The National Conference was held in Atlanta, Georgia on April 13-16, 2016.

On September 18, 2017, Mr. Taylor, out of a profound, deep and abiding love for his alma mater, accepted the appointment of the position of Interim Director of Bands, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Music Technology at Jackson State University. He is anxious to assist with preparing the Jackson State University “Sonic Boom of the South” for its next generation of spectacular leadership.

Mr. Taylor is married to Dr. Vivian Taylor, and they have one son, David, a Patent and Trademark attorney with the Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.

 

Posted in Alumni Applause


Congratulations to Dowell Taylor who has been selected by the Board of Directors of the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. Taylor will be inducted in its 2018 Class during the 33rd Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, September 28, 2018 in Atlanta, GA.

Taylor is the Interim Director of Bands, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Music Technology at Jackson State University and is being honored for his exceptional achievements in the field of Arts & Entertainment. [read bio]. He joins a distinguished list of over 300 Hall of Famers who have been enshrined into the Hall of Fame since 1986, including such notables as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, Walter Payton, Leontyne Price, Chief Justice Thurgood Marshall, Oprah Winfrey, Ambassador Andrew Young, Will Packard and Nancy Wilson.

The Department of Alumni and Constituency Relations coordinated the submission of applications to the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation and cordially congratulates Dowell Taylor for the esteemed honor.

Posted in Alumni Applause


Patrina Robinson Dace

April 23rd, 2018 by giving

Patrina Robinson Dace is a native of Georgetown, Mississippi.  She is the seventh of eight children (four girls and four boys) born to L.J. and Lula Lewis Robinson.  She attended Brushy Creek Headstart, Crystal Springs Elementary, Crystal Springs Junior High, and Crystal Springs High School.  She graduated from Crystal Springs High School in May of 1984 with honors. Patrina participated in numerous activities and received numerous accolades while in high school which included:  Student Council Reporter, Vice-President of Student Council, Beta Club Member, Year book Staff and Editor, Junior Homecoming Maid, Captain of the Cheerleading Team, Honor Student, and Most Beautiful.

Patrina received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Jackson State University in 1991 with Magna Cum Lade.  She completed a Master of Science in Teaching from Jackson State University in 1994 in General Science Education.  In 2008, Patrina received her CDA from the Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program with endorsements in Infants and Toddlers and Preschool Education.

Patrina is married to Dr. Glen W. Dace II of Meridian, Mississippi. They are the proud parents of three daughters, Racolesha, Ramanda, Glendolyn, a son-in-law, Frederick, and two grandchildren, Kennedy and Kyler.  The Dace family reside in Terry, Mississippi and attend New Horizon International Church in Jackson, Mississippi. Patrina has served her church family for seventeen years and has been  a deaconess for fifteen years.  Patrina’s faith in Christ and desire to know Him has created a passion for serving others. Patrina is active in the community and is a member of: NCHI Jackson State Alumni Association, Jackson Chambers of Commerce, Minority Business Owner, Byram Chambers of Commerce, Mississippi Early Childhood Association and Southern Early Childhood and the Childcare Directors Association.

In August of 2003, Glen and Patrina opened Kaleidoscope of Learning Preschool and After School in Byram, Mississippi with a license capacity of 49.  Four years later, Glen and Patrina decided to build a new facility to accommodate ­the increasing demand for childcare in the Byram area.  The vision was clear, but much work was still to be done. Glen and Patrina worked full time professional jobs with a desire to open a new center.  In June 2007, Glen and Patrina’s hard work and diligence paid off, and a brand new facility was built with a license capacity of 150.  This business adventure was a major milestone for Glen and Patrina.   Our most significant accomplishment we have accomplished is being able to expand the business for a second time.  We are currently building a gymnasium to expand our after-school program.

Prior to becoming a fulltime employee at Kaleidoscope of Learning in April of 2008, Patrina served as Director of Environmental Microbiology for the Mississippi State Department of Public Health Laboratory.  She worked as a Laboratory Technologist for 11 years and a Division Director for 4 years. Patrina certifications included: Laboratory Evaluation Officer by FDA and Laboratory Certification Officer by EPA.  Patrina worked fifteen years for the Mississippi Department of Health and eight years in the Jackson Public School System. On December 31, 2013, after serving 25 years in Public Employee Retirement System of the State of Mississippi, she retired at the age of forty-six.  Patrina is currently a full time owner, operator, and director at Kaleidoscope of Learning Preschool and After School.  Patrina provides many years of business development and management experience to The Kaleidoscope of Learning Family.   Patrina is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations, account management, hiring, budgeting, payroll, inventory, classroom management, and administrative duties.

Patrina has received several honor and awards: Congressional Record Award (July 2015), SBA Success Story Recipient (January 2017), and MBJ 2017 Leading Business in Mississippi.

Patrina’s is an advocate for childcare in Mississippi.  Patrina feels that every community should have affordable full-time childcare service for any social or ethnic group.  Patrina’s strong investment in Kaleidoscope initially began because she had to transport her own children from the suburbs to the city every day. Patrina one day decided that instead of making the families in her community drive for quality care, she would be the one to step up and provide it. It made good business sense as it also opened up many doors to be able to minister to families, by providing a loving, caring, and Christian environment to children, while their parents are away at work.   Since opening in 2003, many of our students have shown to perform at the top of their class. The first preschool children to start at Kaleidoscope are in high school now and are expected to graduate high school in 2019.

Posted in Alumni Applause


Kenneth Wayne Jones

March 12th, 2018 by giving

Kenneth Wayne Jones received his early education at Holy Child Jesus School and later graduated from Canton High School.  He then enrolled in Jackson State University, he received his BS & MS Degrees in Industrial Technology (Management), additionally, and he joined the United States Army Reserves as a Medical Specialist and retired as a Sergeant First Class after 24 years of service to his country. As a soldier he received numerous meritorious awards.  Kenny Wayne also received a certification in the prestigious Business Advantage Program from Millsaps College’s Else School of Management. 

Kenneth Wayne Jones was elected as an Alderman in the City of Canton where he served for 12 years, he was also elected as a MS State Senator and served for 8 years. As a Senator he was elected twice by his peers to serve as the Chairman of the MS Legislative Black Caucus. Kenny Wayne was featured in Ebony Magazine as a, “Leader of the Future,” and he has received the “Governor’s Award” for Community Service.  He is a member of the Masonic Order, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and countless other organizations. Recently Kenneth Wayne made history in his hometown of Canton, MS by becoming the first African American CEO of Canton Municipal Utilities. 

Kenneth Wayne “Kenny Wayne” Jones is a lifetime resident of Canton, MS. He is a member of Greater St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church where he serves as a Deacon. Kenny Wayne is married to the former Bobby Jenkins and they have two children, Kennedy, who is currently an Honor Society student at Jackson State University and William, a Freshman IB student at Jim Hill High School. Presently Kenny Wayne serves as the Business Development Coordinator for MS Quality Concepts, LLC.

Posted in Alumni Applause


Larry D. Camper

March 9th, 2018 by giving

Larry D. Camper, the son of Doris L. Howell and Doffie T. Camper, was born on March 3, 1950 in Mendenhall, MS.  He spent his childhood between Brandon, MS and Chicago, IL.  In the early fifties, Camper and his mother returned from Chicago to live in Mississippi with his grandparents, Lenard and Bethel Howell.  Upon returning to Mississippi, he started school at Rose Hill Baptist Church and in May 1968, he graduated from McLaurin High School where he received several athletic awards, including being voted the best athlete in his senior year.

After high school, Camper began working for Mississippi Bank in Jackson, MS and was the first African American to work for a bank in Jackson in a position other than as a janitor. In the fall of 1968, he enrolled in Jackson State College and received a B.S. in Industrial Technology in 1972 while working for Mississippi Bank. After graduating from college, Camper enrolled in a management training program at the bank and after demonstrating an excellent work ethic that included a high level of professionalism, he was promoted to Bank Officer.

In December of 1973, Camper married his college sweetheart, Patricia A. Buchanan from Prentiss, MS, who also received her B.S. in Education in 1973 from Jackson State University.  Camper and Patricia share two wonderful children, LaTonya Rochell and LaDerek Rashad and a son-in law, Derrick Kirkland. LaTonya and LaDerek are also JSU alumni and LaDerek was chosen as a First Team All-American in baseball his junior and senior year at Jackson State University.

Always aspiring to achieve and succeed, Camper continued to work hard at the bank learning all he could.  In 1984, his drive and determination caused him to enroll in the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS to pursue a degree in Banking. Out of the 75 students enrolled in the program, Camper, again, succeeded as a first by being the only African American in this class to receive a banking degree in 1985.  After graduating from the University of Mississippi, he continued to move up the ranks at Mississippi Bank, holding several officer positions. After 35 years in banking and four bank mergers, Camper retired from Union Planters Bank as a Senior Vice President. In January 2004, Camper was offered a position with the Hinds County Tax Collector’s office in Jackson, MS as the Assistant Tax Collector and Operations Manager where he continues to serve in this capacity.

Over the last 35 years, Camper continued his excellent work in the community from his affiliation with several community, social and professional organizations, including, Leadership Jackson graduate (1999); Vice President, West Jackson CDC; Chairman of the Board of Directors, Capitol City Classic (Jackson, MS); Minority Business Development Loan Board (City of Jackson); Mississippi Bankers Association; Urban Financial Service Coalition; JSU National Alumni Association; Jackson Metro Housing Project; and Education Committee Member for Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce, Life Member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and member of New Hope Baptist Church located on Watkins Drive.

During his professional career, Camper also received numerous community awards and special honors, including “Outstanding Young Man of America” (1979 and 1985); and the Public Service Honor Award.

Posted in Alumni Applause


Lawrence Evans

February 22nd, 2018 by giving

Lawrence Evans is a New York based actor and casting consultant. He currently serves as Celebrity Coordinator for the National Black Theatre Festival.  Regional theatre credits include: Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity, Fences (Triad Stage), Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse), The Exonerated, One Man, Two Guvnors, Ruined (Florida Studio Theatre), Clybourne Park, A Soldier’s Play, (Arkansas Repertory Theatre) Rip.Tied (freeFall Theatre), Take Me Out (Caldwell Theatre Company), Charlotte Repertory Theatre, North Carolina Black Repertory Company, Short North Stage. New York theatre credits: Black Stars of the Great White Way (Carnegie Hall), In a Clean House, Willie, Flat Street Sa’Day Nite, Monsieur Baptiste, the Con Man. National tours: And Still I Rise, (written and directed by Maya Angelou), The Sweet Spot with Clifton Davis and Ja’Net DuBois, Camp Logan. Television:  “All My Children,” “Another World,” “Ryan’s Hope,” “As the World Turns,” “One Life to Live,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order.” Film: “State Property II,” “The Devil Wears Prada.”  He studied theatre at Jackson State University and the University of Michigan.

CASTING CREDITS

New Federal Theatre: In White America, The Most Dangerous Man in America (W.E.B. DuBois), Accept "Except" LGBT NY, The Fabulous Miss Marie, In the Wine Time, Plenty of Time, Sowa's Red Gravy, Court-Martial at Fort Devens, Puberty Rites, Cool Blues, Knock Me a Kiss, Kernel of Sanity,The Toilet, "Salaam, Huey Newton, Salaam,"  Amarie, real black men don't sit crosslegged on the floor, The Taking of Miss Janie, Gutta Beautiful, Josh: The Black Babe Ruth, Satchel: A Requiem for Racism, Sweet Mama Stringbean; National Black Touring Circuit: Waitin' 2 End Hell; Billie Holiday Theatre: Maid's Door, Fati's Last Dance, The Waiting Room, The Right Reverend Dupree in Exile, What Would Jesus Do?, Losing the Light, Birthright; TheatreWorks Colorado Springs: Seven Guitars; Negro Ensemble Company: Martin: A New American Musical, Sundown Names and Night-Gone Things, With Aaron's Arms Around Me; Black Spectrum Theatre Company: Single Black Female; August Strindberg Repertory Theatre: Easter, Playing With Fire;  Juneteenth Legacy Theatre: Diana Sands, Billy, Lena and the Duke, Juneteenth Blues Cabaret, August Wilson's Women.

AFFILIATIONS:

AUDELCO Nominating Committee
Actors’ Equity Association
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
Canaan Baptist Church of Christ, Harlem, NY
Metro New York Chapter/JSU National Alumni Association
National Black Theatre Festival
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc
Screen Actors Guild (SAG)

 

Posted in Alumni Applause


Dr. Barrett Hatches

February 5th, 2018 by giving

Dr. Barrett Hatches is an accomplished senior executive with over 35 years of experience in management, to include extensive work in the energy and healthcare sectors.

Dr. Hatches currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for the Chicago Family Health Center (CFHC). In this position, he leads one of Chicago’s leading federally qualified health centers that provides care annually to over 30,000 uninsured and underinsured patients across the South Side of Chicago through its network of five primary care health centers, dental offices, and behavioral health services. Prior to joining CFHC Dr. Hatches provided leadership and directed operations in a multitude of executive positions: within SCE, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President—Business Growth, and President/ CEO of Swope Health Services, a non-profit healthcare system.

Dr. Hatches previously served as President and CEO of Swope Health Services in Kansas City, MO, a non-profit federally qualified health center with 400 plus associates and clinics located throughout a five-county area in Missouri and Kansas. He was responsible for providing services to over 40,000 unduplicated patients with over 227,000 encounters in primary health care, behavioral health, dental, and outreach services.

Within the energy sector, Dr. Hatches has provided visionary leadership as President/ CEO of four Gas and/or Electric Companies. He served as President/CEO of Northern Indiana Public Service Company, while also serving as CEO of Northern Indiana Fuel and Light Company, and Kokomo Gas and Fuel Company, in Indiana. He was President/CEO of ENSTAR Natural Gas in Anchorage, AK, and served in senior management positions at SEMCO Energy, and Western Resources Gas Service Division.

He is the owner of Hatches Consulting, LLC which focuses on leadership development, performance technology, organizational and professional development, community relations and stakeholder management, executive coaching, business development, strategic planning and thinking, relationship management, financial development and performances, and customer service.

Dr. Hatches works with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), providing technical assistance to health centers. He also serves as keynote speaker and workshop facilitator for many conferences on healthcare issues across the country. In addition to this, he provides webinars on healthcare topics along with providing technical assistance to healthcare CEOs around the country. As a catalyst for change he continues to work within his community as well as with local, state, and federal policy makers in focusing on healthcare and healthcare reform.

Dr. Hatches is a 1977 graduate of Jackson State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Political Science, a 1995 graduate of Webster University with a Masters of Arts in Management, and a 2009 graduate of Jackson State University with a Ph.D. in Urban Leadership and Higher Education. He and his wife Ann have one daughter, C’Nea.

Posted in Alumni Applause


Honorable George Flaggs, Jr.

January 19th, 2018 by giving

The Honorable George Flaggs, Jr. is in his second term as mayor of the City of Vicksburg, MS. He first took the oath of office on June 30, 2013. In a six person race, Mayor Flaggs took 51.11% of the vote to win the Democratic Primary. One month later, Mayor Flaggs won the general election with 72% of the vote. Four years later, in the Democratic primary, he won with nearly 70% of the vote. Then, on June 6, 2017, George Flaggs defeated two challengers by garnering 79% of the vote to win re-election as Mayor of the City of Vicksburg for a second term.

Mayor Flaggs received an Associate of Arts Degree in Industrial Technology from Hinds Community College in 1981. He later received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology from Jackson State University in 1984. He was a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, elected 1988. He served as Chair of the Corrections Committee and served on several committees including, Appropriations, Banking and Financial Services, Constitution, Legislative Budget Committee, Public Health and Human Services and Rules.

Mayor Flaggs is affiliated with Wisemen Toastmasters and Optimist Clubs. He is a former member of the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Mayor Flaggs was born March 20, 1953, in Edwards, Mississippi. He is married to Valencia Renee. They have three children: Emmarie Genean, Brittany Anquinette, and Elliott George. The mayor also has four grandchildren: Nicholas George Anderson, Stephen Anderson Addison Anderson, and Lianne Marie Flaggs. Mayor Flaggs is of the Baptist faith.

In 2013, the mayor received The Network Distinguished Service & Leadership Award, The AT&T Business Advocate Award, and The Charles L. Young, Sr. Memorial Award – Mississippi Action for Progress. Also in 2013, Mayor Flaggs was the Grand Marshall for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and the Christmas Parade of Lights, both in the City of Vicksburg, as well as the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade Celebration in the City of Jackson, MS. Also in 2014, Mayor Flaggs was appointed to the Governor’s Council of Mayors by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, and was selected by the readers of the Vicksburg Post newspaper as the 2014 Best Elected Public Official. In 2015, Mayor Flaggs has been awarded The Reverend Henry L. Mayfield Community Service Award and the Magnolia Bar Association Harriet Tubman Award. Also in 2015, Mayor Flaggs was appointed a board member to the Willard Tyler, Sr. School of the Performing Arts; the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center; and the Jackson State University Institute of Government’s Advisory Board. He was also named by the Delta Business Journal as one of their 2015 Top Minorities. In 2016, Mayor Flaggs was selected as a winner of the MS Top 50 Most Influential award. In 2017, Mayor Flaggs has been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors to the Hinds Community College Foundation for a 3-year term beginning in January 2018.

Posted in Alumni Applause


Tiffany R. Paige, Esq.

September 27th, 2017 by giving

Tiffany R. Paige (’02) was recently named Assistant Dean for Students Services at Mississippi College School of Law.  She previously served in the areas of diversity outreach and recruitment. Paige, who grew up in Raymond, Miss., majored in Biology. She received her law degree from Mississippi College School of Law and a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Southern Mississippi. Paige is currently working on a Doctor of Philosophy degree in higher education administration at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is a member of the Byram-Terry Alumni Chapter.

Posted in Alumni Applause